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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Safety Tip of the Month - ABC Quick Check for Fun!

Spring is here and many folks are wheeling their bikes out of the garage for the first time in months (or years). Before you head out on a ride be sure to do the "ABC Quick Check for Fun."


A is for Air

Inflate tires to rated pressure as listed on the sidewall of the tire. Use a pressure gauge to insure proper pressure. Check for damage to tire tread and sidewall and replace if damaged.

B is for Brakes

Inspect break pads for wear; replace if there is less than ¼" of pad left. Check pad adjustment; make sure the pads do not rub tire.

C is for Cranks, Chain and Cassette

Make sure that your crank bolts are tight; lube the threads only and nothing else. Check your chain for wear. 12 links should measure no more than 12 1/8". If your chain skips on your cassette, you might need a new one or just an adjustment

Quick is for Quick Releases

Hubs need to be tight in the frame; your quick release should engage at 90°. Your hub quick release should point back to insure that nothing catches on it. Inspect brake quick releases to insure that they have been re-engaged. If you seat has a quick release, be sure it is tightened down.

Check is for Check It Over

Take a quick ride to check if derailleurs and brakes are working properly Inspect the bike for loose or broken parts; tighten, replace or fix them. Pay extra attention to your bike during the first few blocks of your ride.

Fun!! is, well, self-evident. Make sure you have some!